Sixth Circuit

$666 Is Not the Magic Number. Sixth Circuit Denies Law Prof’s Retaliation Claim.

This is one of those “stranger than fiction” stories perfectly timed as we move into the devilish Halloween season. On Tuesday, the Sixth Circuit ruled in Lifter v. Cleveland State University . The case involved law professor Sheldon Gelman, and his wife, Jean Lifter, an Assistant Dean at the Law School. In 2011, a new Dean, …

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Justice Department Reverses Position in Voter Purge Case

The case of Ohio’s effort to purge voters from the rolls took another twist on Monday, when the Justice Department switched sides on the issue. The Justice Department filed a brief with the Supreme Court, backing Ohio’s plan of purging infrequent voters. Under the Ohio plan, voters who had not voted in the last six …

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Sixth Circuit Decision Allows Ohio to Resume Executions

On Wednesday, the en banc Sixth Circuit ruled 8-6 that Ohio may resume lethal injections using a three drug mixture that includes the controversial sedative midazolam. The ruling reverses the injunction issued in January, and upheld in April.  The last execution in Ohio was in 2014, when Dennis McGuire struggled for over 20 minutes before …

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